1st Edition

Greek in Minoritized Contexts Identities, Authenticities, and Institutions

    232 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume examines constructions of Greekness and Greek-speakerhood in geographical and sociohistorical contexts where Greek speakers are minoritised, and Greek is not hegemonic.

    Authors delve into the sociolinguistic outcomes that arise from minoritisation, distant and more recent history, migration, and the proliferation of digital technologies for communication in the 21st century. Set against the backdrops of Albania, Australia, Canada, Cyprus, Sweden, Turkey, and the UK, the volume chapters consider the manifestations, conceptualisations, and negotiations of linguistic authenticity; the construction of identities; and the impact of institutions such as Greek language schools as well as families on local sociolinguistic landscapes and dynamics. Particular attention is given to the confrontations between competing language forms, practices, and repertoires resulting from the contact between standardised and non-standardised varieties of Greek as well as to communities that are distant from the influence of institutions where Standard Greek or other local Greek norms prevail.

    The book is of interest to academic specialists and graduate students in sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, bi-/multilingualism, diaspora studies, linguistic anthropology, linguistic ethnography, social interaction, language contact, and language and culture – with a special focus on Greek.



    List of Contributors


    0.      Preface


    1.        Petros Karatsareas, Matthew John Hadodo, and Elena Ioannidou – Researching Identities, Authenticities, And Institutions in Minoritized Settings: Insights from Diverse Greek-Speaking Communities


    Part I: Minoritization against shifting power structures


    2.      Matthew John Hadodo – From “Turkish Seeds” to “Greeker than the Greeks”: Navigating authentic Greek identity with the Istanbul Greek community


    3.      Elena Ioannidou – Change and continuity among Cypriot Romeika speakers: The use of older forms of Greek across the political border


    4.      Rexhina Ndoci and Brian Joseph – Ideology and Greek-Albanian bilingualism: on the permeability of language boundaries



    Part II: Language practices in transnational migration


    5.      Petros Karatsareas – περίττου σαν τους Έλληνες ‘More Like the Greeks’: Linguistic Cleavages and Authenticity in London’s Greek Cypriot Diaspora


    6.      Antonis Konstantinidis, Anastasia Rothoni, Stavroula Antonopoulou and Dimitris Koutsogiannis – Mapping the translingual repertoires of practices of young Greek new migrants in Australia


    7.      Yvonne Lam and Evangelia Daskalaki – Essentialist ideologies and the iconicity of Greek as a heritage language in Western Canada


    8.      Zoe Nikolaidou and Maria Rydell – Linguistic aspirations and migration experiences in Greek-speaking families in Sweden


    9.      James A. Walker and Stavroula Nikoloudis – ‘Greekness’ in Melbourne


    10.    Eleni Skourtou – Afterword





    Matthew John Hadodo is a postdocotral researcher and lecturer at the University of Salzburg's Department of English and American Studies.

    Elena Ioannidou is a sociolinguist and an ethnographer and an Associate Professor in Language Education at the Department of Education, University of Cyprus.

    Petros Karatsareas is Reader in Multilingualism and Language Contact at the School of Humanities at the University of Westminster.